Town Talk is spending these winter days planning for warmer days ahead.
Our two main goals at the present time are putting a bugle boy statue in Ed. Smalley Centennial Park and having a Route 66 themed miniature golf course on Main Street.
The golf course will use prefabricated holes. I am traveling next week to Arkansas to look at a golf course that purchased the same holes that we are looking to purchase. This course is located at the Anglers White River Resort in Allison, Arkansas. I want to examine the quality of the product before we purchase our own.
It happens that this course is located about 40 miles from the Jacob Wolf House, in Norfork, Arkansas. This home, a house museum, is a historic log structure, built in 1825, by Jacob Wolf. He was the first documented white settler of the area. I am a descendant of Jacob Wolf’s on my mother’s side of the family. So, I’m going to make it a dual-purpose road trip.
In a few weeks I will be traveling to Albia, Iowa to check out the Welcome Home Soldier Monument. Welcome Home Soldier was organized by veterans and is led by a board of seven veterans. This tribute to soldiers, both living and deceased, is situated on eight acres of land just west of the city limits.
My brother Gary was overwhelmed when he saw this memorial as he was driving through Iowa and immediately called to tell me about it. This is where he saw their bugle boy statue and shared the idea with me. Town Talk looks forward to adding this tribute to our own veterans’ memorial.
Both projects cannot happen without funds so Town Talk will be raising money for these two projects. We appreciate all the support we have received for our many projects thus far. We look forward to bringing these things to our community.
I continue to visit with Stroud’s own Miss Oklahoma, Billi Kaye Smith Meacham. She has lots of interesting stories about growing up in Stroud and has some great ideas for us, too.
It has been fun connecting with her. As a young girl, I was aware, even though I didn’t know her, that we had a “queen” from our town and was in awe of it. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future about her thoughts and ideas.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about what to buy your sweetheart and where to take him or her to dinner.
Let’s show some love for Stroud and celebrate right here at home. Have a great week and thanks for keeping your dollars in Stroud.